254 LETTERS FROM THE England should not be sent to prison by retalia- tion, even should there be a general order for it. A friend wrote to me from Paris that he was afraid the handsome things thought and said of me there me feroient du tort chez nous. Can I help being liked ? I found a Captain Davies, of Hull, at Calais, who had made his escape from Arras; and as I happened to be well with the people there, the magistrates and commissioners made no opposi- tion to my putting him down as a servant of mine, and I have brought him over. The De Mauldes have suffered great losses by speculating in the Caisse d'Escomptes. Perregaux writes me word that his daughter is asked in marriage by a man past forty, and she d'accord. This is the youngest Barth£lemy. It is an awkward circumstance at this time, when the elder brother is on his way to Cayenne. The rulers cannot like Perregaux's forming such a connection.1 London, 1798. All London was yesterday in a hubbub on the sudden arrival of Sir Sidney Smith from i This marriage did not take place.